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  • Rustam Avenging His Own Impending Death: From the Gutman Shahnama (Book of Kings), ca. 1330–40
    Iran (probably Isfahan)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 8 x 5 1/4 in. (20.3 x 13.3 cm)
    Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974 (1974.290.31)

    Rustam's half-brother Shaghad dug a pit, filled it with sharp spikes, and covered it to trap the hero. Observing from behind a tree and exulting when Rustam and his horse fall into the pit and are impaled, Shaghad is killed by the dying hero's last arrow, which is shot with such strength that it pierces the tree. The scene is illustrated in an effective manner, with only Shaghad's head protruding from behind the tree. The mushroomlike rock on the left is a motif from Chinese painting that entered the Ilkhanid repertoire.

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  • Rustam Avenging His Own Impending Death: From the Gutman Shahnama (Book of Kings), ca. 1330–40
    Iran (probably Isfahan)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 8 x 5 1/4 in. (20.3 x 13.3 cm)
    Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974 (1974.290.31)

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